Monday, July 16, 2018

Crop failure in EU

bloomberg He’s one of many farmers battling for survival after a heatwave and drought swept across northern parts of the continent, damaging crops from wheat to barley. Many German growers could go bankrupt if they suffer another crop failure, and too much rain in France is set to reduce output there. All combined, it’s shaping up to be the bloc’s smallest grains harvest in six years.

What no corporate media will say about US/Russia relations

Russia and US are not enemies, they are rivals. Here is what they are preparing for:
  • Continued rapid growth of Islamic State
  • Agriculture disasters from heat
  • Debt defaults
  • Sudden mass unemployment

Sunday, July 15, 2018

People of Haiti fight back against energy price rise

Reports differ on how many people have been killed in riots — at least two, three or seven — that happened over the last weekend. Demonstrators reportedly blocked roads, burned tires and vandalized shops.
The government announced on Friday, July 6 that prices would go up the following day by 38 percent for gasoline, 47 percent for diesel and 51 percent for kerosene.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Disappearance of Arctic Sea Ice

arctic-news The image on the right shows sea surface temperatures on July 6 for the years 2014 to 2018 at a location near Svalbard (at 77.958°N, 5.545°E), with an exponential trend added based on the data.

Civilization is a heat engine But searing daytime highs were not the only feature of the unusual heat wave. As temperatures stayed sultry throughout the night, they posed a threat to human health because the body is less able to recover from the heat of the day.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

How does US tight-oil investment defy gravity?

resourceinsights Now here is what peak oil thinkers couldn't foresee: That investors would subsidize the production of vast amounts of oil rather than seeking a return on their capital and that they would do this year after year even in the face of the obvious financial evidence. Essentially, Wall Street has been subsidizing the consumption of oil on Main Street.
Ask yourself, did the bank bailout not also defy all economics? Of course, the tight-oil investors are backed by implicit bailout guarantees. Why? They are investing in the whole American system. 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Humans note massive heat wave, but quickly return focus to profits The U.S. wasn't the only country where typically milder climes faced scorching heat. In Canada, Montreal recorded its highest temperature since it began keeping records 147 years ago. Thermometers rose to 97.9 degrees on July 2, and the city also suffered its most extreme midnight combination of humidity and heat. The heat wave in Eastern Canada has turned deadly, killing at least 19 people in Quebec, 12 of them in Montreal, RTE reported Thursday.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Oil trolls in desperate search for negatives of fare-free urban public transport

Oil trolls in corporate media are scrambling desperately to find ways to declare fare-free urban transport to be unworkable.

So far, all they got is one professor who keeps asserting there is no empirical evidence that fare-free transport reduces driving.

We have a whole blog of evidence. Ridership up, unit costs down, people happy.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

#Renewables just add fuel to the fire

Tverberg Of the 252 million tons of oil equivalent (MTOE) energy consumption added in 2017, wind added 37 MTOE and solar added 26 MTOE. Thus, wind and solar amounted to about 25% of total energy consumption added in 2017. Fossil fuels added 67% of total energy consumption added in 2017, and other categories added the remaining 8%.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Free public transport brings many benefits in Estonia

Tallinn - Mr Savisaar said the European Union institutions are monitoring the experience of Tallinn and other cities that have transferred to free public transport with a serious interest and they very often ask at international forums why does Tallinn offer public transport for free.
“Actually, it would be more appropriate to ask why the majority of the cities in the world still do not provide free public transport. How to justify the subsidy rate reaching 60-70 per cent and sometimes even higher paid from the public budget for a public service, which due to its cost is still not available for many people. If we considered public transport worthy of such a subsidy, we must ensure that all people wishing to use it could do so,” Mr Savisaar said.
On the example of Tallinn, it could be said that, above all, public transport gives new opportunities for people with average and low income. “The employment rate in the city has improved, as free transport extends the area of job search in the city. The fact has at least the same important side for the employers as well – finding the potential required labour is cheaper and they need fewer investments in parking spots for private vehicles. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Americans do not have the understanding needed to prevent fascism

People are noticing that the conditions in the US are drifting to fascism, and are asking how to stop it.

A lot of people think that as long as the middle class has some rights there is hope to turn things around.

But very few understand that the US is locked in to a liquid fuel system. The economics of unwinding trillions of dollars worth of fixed, hard, autosprawl assets do not compute. Even a financial crash would not be enough.

This is the power behind the racism and inequality. As long as a significant number of people see the leafy suburb as a goal. There will be no relief. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Wet Bulb Temperature Soon to Become Leading Cause of Death

“In a recent study with Matt Huber, we showed that it doesn’t take that many degrees of global warming to permit peak heat summertime heat stress to (occasionally) become unsurvivable, in many parts of the world that are currently highly populated.”
Kevin Hester blog 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Oil wars, this is why we have them.

This is the front line of the oil wars and the struggle to save the biosphere. This should be the main topic on all media. But we get distraction instead.
NYT In places like Nashville, Koch-financed activists are finding tremendous success.
Early polling here had suggested that the $5.4 billion transit plan would easily pass. It was backed by the city’s popular mayor and a coalition of businesses. Its supporters had outspent the opposition, and Nashville was choking on cars.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

911 has been the excuse for millions of deaths, is it worth an hour of reading?

Wikispooks Discounting the Official Narrative as the absurdity it so clearly is, there are just two organisations on the entire planet with the expertise, assets, access and political protection necessary to have both executed 9/11 and effected its cover-up to date (ie the means). Both are Intelligence Agencies - the CIA and the Israeli Mossad whose motives were arguably the most compelling. Those motives dovetailed perfectly with the Neocon PNAC agenda, with it's explicitly stated need for "...a catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor" [1] in order to mobilise US public opinion for already planned wars, the effects of which would be to destroy Israel's enemies.
Agree or disagree but be informed. A word to the wise, there are a lot of "crazies" putting out theories. They are likely red herrings, things for you to chase and find nothing. Just skip over and look for what makes sense to you.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Yellow school buses are a subsidy for cars and sprawl

So many things that we think are for pedestrians, bicycles, or even education, are actually for cars. Because the US is so sprawled out and devoid of public transit, school districts have to support expensive school bus service. In the city, that sprawl subsidy is not so necessary.
WaPo: Because the District doesn’t have a fleet of yellow school buses, students ride public transit free. Still, they have to tap their DC One cards to board Metrorail or buses so the city can monitor how many are using the system, which helps the agency qualify for more federal funding.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sorting through propaganda

If you get most of your news from TV or American entertainment industry, stop reading here.

Are you confused even after searching social media for truth?

Start with energy. Energy runs everything. The cheaper the energy the more they fight over it. Economics is subservient.

In economics profits run everything. It's hard to find profits now, the masses have been impoverished and demand is falling. This increases the wars for cheaper energy. Politics is subservient.

In the elites, the banks are on top. They use nations for their military power. Fights between nations are rivalry, not class struggle.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Cost of #freetransit $30B, Cost of #climatechange $300B.

theweek : "NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information estimates that 2017 was America's most expensive year for climate disasters of all time, with 16 disasters costing over $1 billion (more than three times the 1980-2017 average, after accounting for inflation) and a total cost of over $300 billion. That's about 1.5 percent of total GDP ...."

Dr. Guy McPherson shows how ownership has brought us to the edge of extinction

On Ownership: "Contemporary neoclassical economists proclaim a contrary message. The rising tide of economic prosperity, they say, floats all boats. Blinded by the ridiculous assumptions of an experiment gone horribly awry, they continue to promote the pathological system that has led to our extinction. Driven by the love of money and its underlying monetary system, they will continue to benefit from the system until, surprisingly to them, it no longer delivers power to them."

Friday, June 1, 2018

Free public transport doesn't add up – unless you get rid of the drivers [lol]

conversation : "The biggest drawback to free public transport schemes is the lack of funds from fares to cover maintenance and upgrades. "
Another attack on fare-free transit. It takes a lot of "education" and "academic research" for these trolls to come up with the old "we need the money" bs.

It's a matter of accounting. Bus systems are considered money-losers because the true cost of the auto system is never considered. The auto-system requires billions in subidy and maintenance and has billions more in negative consequences.

One would think an "academic" would be able to see the big picture.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

What city-wide #freepublictransport would mean

more bus and tram riders
more demand for buses and trams
better frequency of service
fewer cars
more room in the city
people move to town, sell car
people see education, not children, as security
birth rate falls
shift in living to walkable areas
bicycling becomes safe
habits shift to walking and cycling
falling birth rate virtuous cycle
oil wars end
Islamophobia ends

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Too much punditry?

Social media has absorbed a lot of ad dollars. Print media is struggling, and multiweek investigative assignments are practically extinct.

The style of propaganda has changed, but the essence remains.

To support oneself by donations, a pundit must be very well known. If known to the public, then known to empire.

Since loved ones are always hostages, these pundits are not going to stray from the false narratives.

Don't expect much from them.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Misguided war on ISIS

The US has been bombing ISIS for a few years now.

In spite of declarations to the contrary, bombing has resulted in creating more supporters.

There is a better way.

Get off oil and stop the war on Islam.

There is an easy path to do this. For only $30B/year, the US could make urban buses fare-free. Free buses would lead to more buses, which would lead to better service frequency. The grip of subsidized autosprawl would be broken.

Monday, May 21, 2018

Estonia - whole country goes to fare-free #publictransport

Euronews : "Estonia is set to implement free transport for its residents across much of the country as of July 1. The free fare zone will run 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

No country has ever before looked to abolish fares all day, every day, across such a large area."

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Peak drinkable water

Resource Insights:: "But affordable desalination is all premised on cheap energy. And, cheap energy may not be a given far into the future in a world where 80 percent of society's energy comes from finite fossil fuels. (One needs also to consider that the burning of fossil fuels to run a desalination plant contributes to the very climate change that is making droughts longer and more devastating—creating the need for more such plants.)"

Friday, May 18, 2018

Free public transport and falling birth rates

It's becoming clear to people that capitalism and it's push for growth are a threat to the biosphere.

But who can stop such a power?

Common people can, and common people are.

People just can no longer afford the wasteful sprawl-and-baby system. As more cities have fare-free buses and trams, people urbanize and find they need education and healthcare more than farm hands.

Instead of the leafy suburb, we can offer the carfree, permaculture city.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Estonia Will Roll Out Free Public Transit Nationwide

CityLab: "On July 1, the entire country of Estonia will create the largest 24/7 free public transit zone in the world, one that will stretch across its entire territory. That will make it feasibly possible (if complicated) to travel by bus from one end of this 1.3 million-strong Baltic nation to the other without paying a cent."

Civilization is a heat engine, regardless of fuel used

Economics: "This is a testable hypothesis, one that is motivated by physics, and is supported by historical observations of the global economy. Summing wealth over all the world’s nations, 7.1 Watts is required to maintain every one thousand inflation-adjusted 2005 dollars of historically accumulated economic wealth. 

To be clear, this relationship is not between energy and yearly economic output or GDP, nor is it to the more restrictive view of wealth as physical capital that can be found in traditional economic models. Instead, the constant relates current energy consumption to the summation of production not just over one year -- the GDP -- but over all of time. This quantity has a fixed relationship to current energy consumption that is independent of the year that is considered. As of 2010, civilization was powered by about 17 trillion Watts of power which supported about 2352 trillion dollars of collective global wealth. In 1970, civilization was younger, and both quantities were smaller by more than half. In the interim, energy consumption and wealth grew in tandem, but at variable rates that increased slowly from 1.4% per year to 2.2% per year. "

Friday, May 11, 2018

Narrative of fake left falling apart

Russia and US play games with propagandists. The game of empire vs resistance.

Lately a big coup for Russia has been the fake left coming out in support of the Syria regime.

Now Russia has to pull back on Iran's leash. This will reduce Syria regime cannon fodder and speed up the partitioning of Syria among Turkey, Russia, and US. All three are busy looking for a replacement for Assad that keeps the murderous "security" structure in place.

Fake left will have to rewrite their theses.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Corporate media full of filler

The secret to success in corporate media, which includes TV and movies, is to capture attention without addressing anything of substance. Here is what is missed.
  • Physics is bigger than economics.
  • Economic growth is destroying the biosphere.
  • There are two main classes of people.
  • The wealthy are rivals of each other, not enemies.
  • The automobile and sprawl are the engine of overshoot.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Earth to humans: You've gone too far

Monday, May 7, 2018

Iran deal distraction

The oil reserve in Kirkuk, Iraq, is huge, and who ever controls it has a lot of power over the world economy.

The US has allied with every thug imaginable to get control of it.

They tried to use Iran for "boots on the ground." As with every other plan, this has not worked, and has created more problems for the US.

Will there be war with Iran? No. Will there be a US - Russia war? No.

Proxy fighting will continue.

Massacre of civilians, especially Muslims, will continue.

Reality check for people who think #renewables will fix #climate

For people who believe that capitalism will "keep-it-in-the-ground" or that renewables will fix climate, they should take a minute and read the oil industry press.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Don't let your enemy choose your leaders

Kingdoms that provide an outlet for their opponents last longer. This one of the major lessons reserved for the crown prince and selected scholars.

Capitalism provides us with "opposition" leaders that they control. On this blog, we try to expose them and their tricks.

One sign of a fake radical is the use of the word "white" as in "white privilege, white supremacy," etc.
This reinforces the idea of race. First, it implies that there is such a thing as race. [There is no such thing.] Second, it implies that people believe things because of their color [race]. Third, it pushes poor white people to the right.

By allowing this wording, we set ourselves up to be fooled. It also is a capitulation to oppression, by implying that if the oppressor were a different color, all would be well. Racism is a strong tool of capitalist oppression. Fake radicals are trying to keep it strong by using word trickery.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

There's no such thing as a free ride, for cars, the cost is the biosphere.

Rail magazine propagates the fallacious accounting about the cost of fare-free public transit. We have shown with numbers that only a minor reduction in automobile externalities would more than pay for loss of fare revenue.
There's no such thing as a free ride - Future Rail | Issue 61 | May 2018: "But how did the city make the scheme work financially?
....estimated loss of around KRW3.6bn ($3.2m) a day,
....the scheme wouldn’t be feasible on a permanent basis, as it struggles with limited capacity and could not afford to cover the cost of increased service.."
The autosprawl system is heavily subsidized. This subsidy is not accounted in city budgets, or is listed as something else. Do a thought experiment. What costs would go down, or go away, if there were many fewer, or no cars in your city.

This blog shows some of the subsidy.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Why war in Syria is about oil and Islam

There is one large reserve of conventional oil left in the ground. It's under Kirkuk in Iraq.
Whoever controls this oil has great power over the world economy.

The US desperately wants and needs that control. Bombing and puppet governments have not worked. Why? Because Islam.

Islam is incompatible with corporate capitalism because it prohibits charging interest on debt, and also prohibits oppression and poverty.

So who does that leave for US to use for boots on the ground. Here's what they tried.
  • US troops
  • Bribed Islamic tribal leaders
  • KRG nationalists
  • PKK terrorists
  • Iran-backed militias
  • VSO mercenaries
  • you can probably add more
All these have failed.

Because of these failures, the US needs the Syria regime for stability. This has put them in a very weak position against Russia and Iran.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Communists say beware of liberals

PLP : "While the likes of Putin and Viktor Orban—or Racist-in-Chief Donald Trump—are obvious harbingers of fascism, the greatest danger to the working class has historically come from the liberal fascists who mislead our class to slaughter."

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Free Public Transit: And Why We Don't Pay to Ride Elevators

Black Rose Books : "In an age of increasing inequalities and ecological crisis, movements for free public transit are proposing a profound rethinking of urban transport as a fundamental human right and public good. Research shows that, if the bus were free, people would ride it as much as 50% more in the first year, dramatically reducing car use, traffic, and pollution, while redistributing wealth and increasing social inclusion for poor and working people. But free public transport alone is not enough; it must also be combined with much better service and reserve bus lanes to be effective.

In its twelve chapters, this book explores the winning strategies and pitfalls of case studies ranging across the United States, Montreal, Toronto, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Sweden, Brazil, Poland, China, and Mexico. As much a manifesto as a guide, this explosive book, the first ever on the topic in English, is written for those who want to truly revolutionise their city and move it forward."

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Confused about #Syria?

Start with energy. If you don't think energy runs the world, turn off all electricity while reading this.

Energy runs economics. The most useful energy is oil. There is a large reserve of easy-to-drill oil under Kirkuk, Iraq.

The world powers have been fighting through proxies to get control of that oil.

The US has no friends left on the ground in the region, and has made defacto alliance with every thug imaginable.

There is a small fake left, who represent no workers, who are largely correct about US crimes, but simply promote alternative bullies.

What is Antifa

The capitalist system is in growth/collapse. The rich are growing, the poor collapsing.

A thought experiment.

Pretend you are at the top of elites. Is there a mechanism to find out who among the oppressed will violently oppose you?

Well, you know that if you want to chase bugs away, you provide a scent they don't like. But if you want to kill bugs, you provide something that attracts them, e.g. a bright blue light.

This is Antifa. A bright light to attract and kill.

Monday, April 9, 2018

The fallacy of supply-side eco activism

Fake eco-activists: "No pipelines, keep it in the ground"
Saudis: "Here's $10 billion to make more petrol"
Saudi Aramco signs contracts worth $10 bln to expand U.S. refining: "Saudi Aramco signed agreements with Honeywell UOP and TechnipFM valued at $US8-10 billion for expanding chemical production and potentially building a complex along the U.S. Gulf coast."
There will be no "keep it in the ground" until there are no customers.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

What's all the fighting about? #oilwars

Iraq aims for 6.5 mil b/d crude oil production capacity by 2022 - Oil | Platts News Article & Story: "Iraq has adjusted its crude oil production capacity target and is now aiming to achieve 6.5 million b/d by 2022, oil minister Jabbar al-Luaibi said Monday."

Sunday, April 1, 2018

#Renewables literally throwing fuel on the fire

Energy demand grows 2.1 pct in 2017 – IEA report: "Fossil-fuels met over 70 per cent of the growth in energy demand around the world. Natural gas demand increased the most, reaching a record share of 22 per cent in total energy demand. Renewables also grew strongly, making up around a quarter of global energy demand growth, while nuclear use accounted for the remainder of the growth. The overall share of fossil fuels in global energy demand in 2017 remained at 81 per cent, a level that has remained stable for more than three decades despite strong growth in renewables, IEA said."

Friday, March 30, 2018

Seven thousand #methane bulges (pingos) in Siberia

siberiantimes: "The problem is extensive.

‘Based on satellite data, we have marked 7,000 bulges (pingos) - or even more,' he said.

‘It doesn't mean that every pingo carries danger - but it is still clear that we can draw certain conclusions.'

A dozen new craters have been identified in three years. "

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Another pathetic attack on #freetransit from corporate media. [they got nothin']

Alternet: "Which leads to the question: Just who is taking public transit on the free days? If those cities’ citizens are anything like New Yorkers, the folks riding for free are probably the same people who would rather walk or ride a bike than pay nearly $3 to get somewhere."
Probably? That's all you got. We have a whole library listing the benefits of public transportation. One of the main ones is more physical activity.

Sunday, March 25, 2018

When is the #marchforourlives against cars?

Death by Car: "In 2016 in the United States, a total of 65,284 people under the age of 25 died, from all natural and artificial causes. Of these children, 24,005, or 37 percent, were killed in automotive collisions. This result was not an anomaly. It is a feature, not a bug, of our socio-economic order. Car crashes are the clear, long-standing #1 killer of American children. It is not a close contest, either."

Saturday, March 24, 2018

Opponents of free public transport: "We need that money!"

Paris mayor proposes free public transport to reduce pollution | KTIC Radio: "Valerie Pecresse, head of the Ile-de-France region around Paris and a member of the Conservative Party, criticized Hidalgo, pointing out that “ticket sales bring in 3 billion euros ($3.7 billion) a year.”

“We need that money,” Pecresse told French Radio Classique, adding that if travelers did not pay, taxpayers would have to do so."
What is the main objection to the implementation of fare-free public transport? It is the "loss" of revenue from fares. But what is not said is that the reduction in car costs will be far more than the loss of revenue. The list of the externalities, or hidden costs, of the private auto is very long, and represents a lot of money, many millions more that the little bit from payment of public transport fares.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Paris [again] ponders free public transport

connexionfrance: "Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo is considering making the capital's public transport free to all Parisians in a bid to reduce air pollution - but her plan faces opposition from the head of the regional transport authority, who said the move would hit taxpayers.

Ms Hidalgo has launched a study into the feasibility of free city-wide transport, and told French daily Les Echos she wanted to debate the issue ahead of municipal elections in 2020. She told the paper: "The question of free transport is one of the keys to urban mobility in which the place of the polluting car is no longer central"."

Monday, March 19, 2018

Syria regime too weak, US changing plan

The US has been standing by, hoping the regime in Syria can keep "stability" ... meaning access to oil in Kirkuk, Iraq.

But the regime cannot even conquer its own capital city.

Now the US has to be more aggressive, maybe take it down and install another puppet.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Friday, March 16, 2018

The Curse of Energy Efficiency: The #jevons paradox

The Curse of Energy Efficiency | The Tyee: "Jevons concluded that: “It is wholly a confusion of ideas to suppose that the economical use of fuel is equivalent to a diminished consumption. The very contrary is the truth.”

The idea that using fuels and resources more efficiently leads to greater environmental ruin became known as Jevons Paradox. Oil-fired and electrical driven technologies have honoured the paradox with panache.

Modern economists don’t talk much about Jevons Paradox, but they do admit that the problem exists and refer it to “rebound.” Just when you think you’ve actually solved a problem, shit rebounds on you, they calculate with their math formulas. When energy efficiency wipes out 100 per cent of the energy savings, economists call the rebound a total “backfire.”"

Thursday, March 15, 2018

What everyone knows, but few will say

The automobile took over US by force before WWII. After the war, it was expanded to create a subsidized, unsustainable, empire of sprawl.

Now it has spread to the world.

Capitalism has all its eggs in this basket.

They plan to bomb, slaughter, starve, and torture until the whole thing collapses.

Everything else is distraction.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Mayor of German city believes fares deter car owners from trying #publictransport

German Cities To Trial Ambitious Free Public Transport Plans | HuffPost: "“If you ask them, they don’t know how the system works and are not prepared to pay 5 euros when they have a car in the garage and can ‘do it free.’ In attracting these people, the price barrier is very important.”

The aim in Tübingen, he says, is twofold: to lower emissions and reduce travel costs for people on low incomes. A municipal memo reportedly put the cost of zero-fee public transport for all at 14.5 million euros ($18 million)."

Fare-free public transit is good. It's intuitively obvious, and studies back it up.

Just stand by a busy highway and watch the traffic. Unless you have been brainwashed it should be obvious that something is wrong.

Recently some major cities have turned to fare-free public transit to reduce pollution. There are many other benefits as well, and mayors are wondering why they can't have them.

But those who profit from the auto system are many and powerful. Sprawled out homes need many more energy-wasting consumer products.

They have launched attacks in the corporate media against fare-free public transit. What is their best argument? They say it doesn't work, that it attracts people who would have walked.

We have a whole library of links that show the many benefits of public transit. There is plenty of evidence that it generates more physical activity. Over 90 percent of bus riders walk to the bus stop.

The anti-transit forces have no legitimate arguments. We even can show that your city will save more money with fare-free public transit than the "lost" revenue. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Follow truth wherever it leads

The US empire is in deep trouble. It has bet everything on an unsustainable investment of trillions in autosprawl hard assets. Highways, pipelines, ocean tankers, highway tankers, rail tankers, refineries, parking lots, spread out water systems, sewer systems, electrical grid, bridges, and tunnels.

Now they have miscalculated in MENA and cannot guarantee control over the last of the cheap oil, the oil in Kirkuk.They cannot control the transmission of gas from the Caspian to the markets of South Asia.

They cannot care for their own people. They fear rebellion and are working hard to promote racism and other divisions.

This is what is driving US policy. Ignore the corporate media. Turn off the TV.

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Monetary policy broken now that cheap oil is over

Our Finite World: "Also, feedbacks don’t come quickly enough to make necessary course corrections. This makes raising interest rates way too much like playing with physics reactions we don’t fully understand. Interest rate increases (like fission reactions) start chain reactions. In an open environment such as the world economy, we have limited understanding of the outcome of these chain reactions."

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Seoul City caves in to pressure, chooses capitalist profit over human survival

KBS World Radio: "Seoul City has eventually scrapped its fine dust reduction policy of providing free public transport on buses and the subway during rush hour.

This comes two months after the measure was first introduced.

The measure was disputed as wasting municipal budget as it cost nearly five billion won a day for the free rides."
Free public transport is much more than clean air. It threatens to break the monopoly that the auto has on moving people. When that happens people will no longer tolerate the huge subsidies needed to keep the auto system going.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Brussels to Make Public Transportation Free – On Bad Air Pollution Days

goodnewsnetwork : "The legislators of Brussels have announced that public transportation and bike-sharing systems will be free for use on days when air pollution exceeds quality limitations set by the European Union.

On such smoggy days, city authorities also plan on banning the use of wood stoves and cutting automotive speed limits by one third."

Health or cars? Capitalism chooses cars. No surprise. It's a war.

German Cities Refuse to Launch Free Public Transport - - Sofia News Agency: "Five cities in Germany did not approve the idea of ​​providing free public transport to improve air quality, calling it unrealistic, DPA reported."
The automobile provides subsidized profit. Even they will sacrifice health and the biosphere to keep them running. They twist into pretzels finding ways to keep the car system going.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Free Public Transit Cheaper Than Unmitigated Climate Change

Care2 Causes: "But the German government is pragmatic. If three ministers are backing this, you can safely assume that free transit is possibly one of the cheapest solutions to the complex but well-understood problem of vehicle emissions. Emissions from fossil-fuel burning vehicles are a public health problem, an environmental problem, and a national security problem. The cost of either inaction or insufficient action is markedly higher than the economic costs of much more dramatic action now."

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Disingenuous attack on #freetransit ignores auto subsidy

Seoul City spends W4.8b to reduce 0.8 ton of fine dust: "The city government spent 14.5 billion won ($13.4 million) to offer free public transportation during morning and evening rush hours on Jan. 15, 17 and 18 as part of emergency measures to combat high levels of fine dust.

This means it cost the city 4.8 billion won to prevent 800 kilograms of fine dust, or 6 million won per kilogram."
Corporate media ignores the fact that pollution exists because of subsidy to the auto system. For them, it is ok to spend tax dollars creating pollution, but "too expensive" to do anything that reduces it.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

#crisisactors, racism, #autosprawl meltdown

The US empire is in decline. There is no money to pay for the upkeep of all the highways, bridges, and cul-de-sacs. 

A recent uptick in oil price caused a sudden correction in the stock market, while borrowed billions are spent on wars to keep the oil coming.

The staged school "shootings" are designed to ramp up racism and division. The elites want to divide us into "liberals" who call for more government control, and "conservatives" who want more guns for racist reasons.

They are working hard at dividing and distracting us. They will need us fighting each other when unemployment is suddenly 30 percent.

Nem mais um cêntimo para os transportes públicos : "Transportes públicos gratuitos exigem, para começo de conversa, um fortíssimo investimento em redes de mobilidade. Qual é o ponto de tornar gratuito o que não funciona agora? É preciso investir em novas redes: mais modernas, mais abrangentes, mais confortáveis. Levar o transporte público para próximo dos cidadãos e dar-lhes oportunidade de escolha é decisivo.  "

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Germany considers making public transport free to fight air pollution

The Local : "The German government is considering several measures for improving the quality of air in major cities, including making all inner city public transport free to use."

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Free public transport reduces depression

deccanchronicle : "Researchers found that increased eligibility for a free bus pass led to an 8 percent increase in the use of public transportation among older people, and a 12 percent decline in depression symptoms among those who started taking the bus when they became eligible for the program."

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Why Is Fare-Free Transit The Exception Rather Than The Rule?

Planetizen : "What I did learn was that there is only one way to run a transit system. And that, I believe, begins to explain why Fare-Free Transit is the exception rather than the rule.

I'm not sure from whence the idea of Fare-Free Transit came to me, but I've since discovered that it not only works but works extremely well when implemented with the same vigour as fare-based systems."

Friday, February 9, 2018

Capitalists fight over oil and gas, as mass murder of civilians continues nearby

Global Daily News : "Iranian forces attempted to advance towards energy fields held by the PYD/PKK terrorist group in eastern Syria, to which the U.S. responded with fierce airstrikes late Wednesday.

Iran launched an attack on PYD/PKK forces — which the U.S. refers to as the “Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF)” — in Syria’s eastern Deir ez-Zour province with the aim of capturing a Conoco gas plant and the Al-Omar oilfield.

The attack reportedly included artillery barrages and rockets."

Thursday, February 8, 2018

US makes lightning strike on Syrian forces to protect oil. But protect civilians? meh.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

US and Russia proxies clash in Syria. Nuclear weapon use not far off.

The US and Russia have been avoiding direct conflict while manipulating proxies in MENA. Now the US policy of backing PKK and PMU has left it with no friends who have significant boots on the ground.

This has emboldened Russia and they have allowed their clients to attack a PKK area where US forces are present.

As policy goes from bad to worse, we can expect the US to turn to nuclear weapons soon.

There is another path the US could take.

The US could make urban buses fare-free, and begin the decommissioning of autosprawl. 

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

15 years since US invasion, now US needs Iran to help steal Iraq oil

After 15 years of chaos and death, bombing civilians, and flattening cities, the US still struggling to get control of Kirkuk oil.
pipelineoilandgasnews: "Iraqi forces are preparing to launch military action to take control of Hamrin mountain range near the Iran border to secure the transit of Iraqi oil, Reuters reported, quoted officials.

The military operation could start this week, two officials told Reuters.

The area lies between the Kirkuk oil fields and the town of Khanaqin at the Iranian border.

Iraqi oil officials announced in December plans to transport Kirkuk crude by truck to Iran’s Kermanshah refinery."

Monday, February 5, 2018

Last year, Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transit, or 35 million every weekday.

Houston Chronicle : ..."Over the past two decades, public transportation ridership has grown by 34 percent. Last year, Americans took 10.4 billion trips on public transit, or 35 million every weekday.

Those who use public transit don't miss driving. Typically citing convenience and cost, six in 10 riders prefer public transit to other modes of transport.

Americans are giving up their car keys because buses and trains fit seamlessly with the ride-sharing, car-sharing, and bike-sharing services that have revolutionized how we get around.

Consider a survey taken last year of commuters in Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Researchers surveyed 4,500 people about their use of public transit, car-shares, bike-shares, and rideshares. They then identified a subset that regularly uses several of these modes of transportation. Nearly six in ten of these "super-sharers" reported that more often than not, they travel on a bus or a train.

These variations of ways to get around -- public transit among them -- are allowing more households to go car-free, or at least car-lite."

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Mayors love #freetransit #freepublictransport .... until they get that phone call

Many mayors and mayoral candidates have called for fare-free public transit in their cities... a few examples:
  • New York City
  • Houston
  • Dayton
  • Durham
  • San Fransisco
  • Auckland [candidate]
  • Hartford [candidate]
  • Paris
  • Seoul
  • Mexico City
  • Chennai
  • Tallinn
  • many more
Some have had success, and some have been able to implement based on pollution rates.
But in many cases they suddenly go quiet. Mayor Bloomberg was notable example. He said on radio that "of course" fare-free is the way to go. Then he went silent, and has been silent on the topic ever since. 

Free transit is an obvious solution to the headaches and pain of the auto and sprawl, but it threatens to expose massive autosprawl subsidies. When cars no longer have critical mass, people will no longer tolerate their subsidy. Politicians are told by their masters that free transit is a career ender.

Friday, February 2, 2018

Automobile debt bubble still expanding #autosprawl #meltdown

Bloomberg: "It’s all happening in the market for subprime auto bonds, where loans to American consumers with some of the patchiest credit histories are packaged into securities to be sold to big investors. A decade after risky mortgage lending toppled the U.S. financial system, the securities have rarely been so popular. But the collateral behind the bonds is getting less safe: car-owners are increasingly falling behind on bigger loans with longer repayment terms made against depreciating assets."

US policy for: 1-transport 2-economy 3-foreign affairs 4-climate 5-health

Thursday, February 1, 2018

#Parisagreement temperature limit already passed

Arctic News: 2017 was hottest year on record: "When determining which year was the hottest year, care should be taken to avoid bias due to temporary conditions such as the El Niño that was present in 2016 and the La Niña we're now experiencing now. Above image uses NASA land+ocean January 2012-December 2017 anomalies from 1951-1980, adjusted by 0.59°C to cater for the rise from preindustrial to 1951-1980, to calculate a linear trend that goes some way to smooth out variability due to El Niño/La Niña events. The trend shows that 2017 was significantly warmer than 2016.

The trend also shows that 1.5°C above preindustrial was crossed back in 2016. This 1.5°C (or 2.7°F) was set at the Paris Agreement as a guardrail that was not to be crossed. The trend further shows that we've meanwhile crossed 1.6°C above preindustrial and we look set to cross the 2°C guardrail within years."

Seoul mayor pushes back on critics and reiterates support for #freepublictransport to fight pollution

The Straits Times: "While acknowledging the fierce debate sparked by the city's decision to provide free public transport on three days when the air was very bad two weeks ago, the mayor insisted there is a need to "take as many measures as possible" to ease air pollution."

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Oil trolls terrified of #freepublictransport #freetransit

Cities are turning to fare-free public transit to fight pollution. Capitalists are panicked. What if it catches on? In Paris they managed to stop it. But in Korea, they are having trouble. They dug out this old canard about free buses reducing walking.
Can Free Public Transit Fix South Korea's Smog Problem? - The Atlantic: "The lure of “free,” the report implied, attracted the “wrong” crowd—the “right” crowd, of course, being wealthier people with cars, who aren’t very sensitive to price changes … Free subway rides entice people who would otherwise walk, not people who would otherwise drive."
Studies consistently show that this is false. That public transit users actually walk more.

Former RIPTA board member calls for #freetransit for Rhode Island

Fare-Free New England: "There would be no need to print, market, and distribute transfers and passes. It would speed up trips by speeding up boarding, thus both using buses and drivers more efficiently, and attracting more riders. It can truly put Rhode Island on the map and get the attention of potential progressive employers attracted by the idea of the one statewide free transit system."

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Study calls sprawl called wasteful

New Climate Economy: "High levels of sprawl create economic inefficiency and dependence on motor vehicles, leading to higher carbon emissions."

Friday, January 26, 2018

Hopkins mayoral candidate says light rail would bring 'trash from Minneapolis'

KMSP : ""All the Chicago and Detroit riff raff who have moved into 'Welfare-apolis', they are going to get on that train and you know where they are going to end up - at The Depot with yours and yours and yours' granddaughters and grandsons," Ivers said during the forum."
Reasons for #publictransit. Fight racism.

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Polish City of Krakow Offers Again Free Public Transport to Fight Pollution

Latin American Herald Tribune: "
WARSAW – The Polish city of Krakow, where high levels of air pollution have been reached in recent winters, offered on Tuesday free public transport to travelers in a bid to reduce the use of private vehicles, local authorities said on Radio Poland.

The city’s government also called on residents to go outdoors as little as possible due to high pollution levels.

Poland has 33 of the 50 most polluted cities in Europe, with worryingly high levels of airborne particles, according to a report by the World Health Organization published in 2017."

Saturday, January 20, 2018

An excellent resource about freedom from cars

Carfree Times: September 2017: ""If given just one word to describe climate change, then 'unfairness' would be a good candidate. Raised levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere are expected to cause deadly heatwaves for much of South Asia. Yet many of those living there will have contributed little to climate change.""

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Imagine there's no cars

Seoul offers free public transport to tackle excessive air pollution

The Independent : "Emergency measures have been introduced in the South Korean capital of Seoul to combat a thick layer of smog that is covering the city.

Public transport is free during rush-hour as of Monday 15 January, in the hopes that car use will be reduced.

The measures were introduced after the average daily density of ultra-fine dust hit more than 50 micrograms per cubic metre, an amount that is considered harmful."

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Less than 10 years to human extinction, from mostly peer-reviewed submissions

Climate-Change Summary and Update – Nature Bats Last: "If you’re too busy to read the evidence presented below, here’s the bottom line: On a planet 4 C hotter than baseline, all we can prepare for is human extinction (from Oliver Tickell’s 2008 synthesis in the Guardian). Tickell is taking a conservative approach, considering humans have not been present at 3.3 C or more above baseline (i.e., the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, commonly accepted as 1750). I cannot imagine a scenario involving a rapid rise in global-average temperature and also retention of habitat for humans."

Saturday, January 13, 2018

#freetransit #freepublictransport - An international campaign

Here is how #renewables make things worse

Assume today all fossil-fuel use ended. The following heat and emission generators still exist.

  • human activity - moving, building, fixing, fighting, maintaining body temperature
  • drying peat
  • melting permafrost
  • melting clathrates (ocean methane)
  • soil emissions from agriculture
  • forest destruction reducing co2 capture
  • wildfires
  • reduced ice melt latency
  • reduced ice solar reflection
  • tectonic activity from ice melt
  • tectonic activity from geothermal energy use
  • etc
All of these are doubling every 30 18 years.

Renewables do abolutely nothing to slow growth. Even without fossil-fuel we will cook the bioshere. Only degrowth reduces both heat and emissions.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Reducing emissions is ambiguous

Let's leave aside the second derivative, the rate of growth of the rate of growth, or acceleration of emission growth.

The rate of growth, even if it were a steady percent, is still exponential. If emissions grow, for example, 2.3 percent per year, then the amount of carbon in the atmosphere will double every 30 years.

Let's say that emissions are brought to zero. The amount of carbon already emitted is still not being reduced. It stays the same. This is the state which China aspires to reach in 12 years. That means they plan to continue adding carbon until that time.

Many technofixers are saying X reduces carbon emissions. But people read it as X reduces carbon. This needs to be made clear.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Unfolding Arctic Catastrophe

Arctic News: "Warm water will melt the sea ice from below, which keeps the water at greater depth cool. However, when there is little or no sea ice underneath the surface, little or no heat will be absorbed by the process of melting and the heat instead stays in the water, with the danger that it will reach sediments at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean, as illustrated by the image below."